"The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring, Tra La"

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Last Updated on August 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 178

Context: The Mikado's son, Nanki-Poo, has been living in disguise to escape his father's order that he marry the unattractive Katisha. Ko-Ko, Lord High Executioner of Titipu, in order to save his position, falsely reports that he has at last performed his first execution, of Nanki-Poo. The Mikado realizes that Ko-Ko's killing of the heir-apparent was unknowing, but under the law is forced to condemn him to death. Nanki-Poo suggests a solution to the problem: if Ko-Ko will marry Katisha and free the Prince from his obligation, Nanki-Poo will reveal to his father that he is really alive, and thus save Ko-Ko from death. Nanki-Poo will also be free to marry his true love, Yum-Yum. If this comes to pass, says the Prince, life to him will be as "welcome as the flowers that bloom in the spring,/ Tra la. . . ."

The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Have nothing to do with the case,
I've got to take under my wind,
Tra la,
A most unattractive old thing,
Tra la,
With a caricature of a face. . . .

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